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CT man who spent 48 years as fugitive dies

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Robert E Stackowitz died this week, according to his lawyer. (Georgia Dept. of Corrections photos) Robert E Stackowitz died this week, according to his lawyer. (Georgia Dept. of Corrections photos)
SHERMAN, CT (WFSB/AP) -

A Connecticut resident, who was a fugitive of justice for more than 48 years, died this week, according to his lawyer. 

Attorney Kevin Smith confirmed that 71-year-old Robert E. Stackowitz died at Danbury Hospital on Monday. 

Federal officials said Stackowitz escaped from an infirmary at the Carroll County Prison Work Camp in Carrolton, GA in 1968. He was serving a 17 year sentence for a forced robbery at the time.

In May, Stackowitz was located by members of the Georgia Department of Corrections assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Southeast Regional Task Force. They arrested him without incident in Sherman. 

Authorities said they learned about Stackowitz when he applied for social security.

In October, Stackowitz was put under a parole officer's supervision after the one remaining criminal case against him was dismissed. A state judge dropped a fugitive-from-justice charge against him. 

Georgia officials withdrew their extradition request and accepted the parole supervision plan after learning that Stackowitz has serious health problems, including heart failure and bladder cancer.

Smith said they received a call from Stackowitz's attorney prior to Pattis, Jerome Mayer, out of Newtown this week. The health of Stackowitz was deteriorating over the weekend, but became more acute on Monday. Doctors could not get his internal systems to function, which resulted in organ failures, Smith confirmed. 

Smith said it "was a pleasure to represent Bob. He added they were "glad to resolve the issue, and give him a few weeks of peace prior to his passage"

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